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Leap of Faith, The T 

The Leap of Faith 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c R

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c R [details]
FA: Roy Suggett & Steve "Crusher"Bartlett
New Route: Yes
Season: Fall, Winter, and Spring
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Submitted By: Roy Suggett on May 8, 2015

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Description 

Climb "The Bride's Tower" then, using the utmost of caution, and being belayed...leap across!

Location 

The gap between the Bride's and Groom's Towers

Protection 

Gonads and a lose and long belay. Then leap back to rap off the Bride.


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By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett
May 11, 2015

The "lover's leap!" Not the best landing, on serrated coral limestone blocks.

It's also possible to stem across. Returning this way it becomes apparent that where you left the Bride's Tower is a ridiculously thin diving-board plate of brittle limestone, outrageously undercut. If it broke you'd plummet and there would undoubtedly be a razor-sharp edge for the rope to run over. Highly recommended....
By Roy Suggett
May 15, 2015

My friend Crusher and I saw what looked like, smelled, tasted, and felt (unfortunately) in every available body orifice, a limestone material making up the cap rock. Though it may seem to be composed of Limestone...it, in fact, is not. I believe the bottom of the towers are an unusually well cemented example of the Entrada Formation (160 million years old). The cap rock is a very dense and weathered example of the Dakota Formation (a sandstone and 98 million years old). Yes, there are a few years missing here. The contact between these two formations is a unconformity. A couple of formations should lie between these two but were most likely washed away. Evidence of this can be found a few miles NW of here at the bouldering area known as "Cap Rock City". There you can find a turtle fossil mountainproject.com/v/10803334... in bedded into the cap rock.

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